Marcela Gracia, Age: 27, Hometown: Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, B.Arch University of Arizona, M.Arch University of Virginia.
Why did you study Architecture?
My parents are true polymaths and I grew up surrounded by a little bit of everything, which made me be interested in (way too) many subjects. Architecture ended up being the only profession where I could develop and investigate most of my interests directly and indirectly.
My architect hero?
I’ve never been one to pick favorites but there’s a few people that I’ve admired along the years; on the practical side, Louis Kahn, Mansilla+Tuñon, Tatiana Bilbao, Alvaro Siza, Lina Bo Bardi. I’m also very interested in theoretical issues, so I would add John Hejduk, Colin Rowe.
Photos courtesty of: Paper Houses for Tatiana Bibao; Exyrex for Louis Kahn; Architravel for Mansilla+Tuñon; Dezeen for Alvaro Siza; Revista Plot for Lina Bo Bardi; Wikipedia for John Hedjuk; Valerie Bennett for Colin Rowe.
My two favorite buildings?
No favorites, but I would say the Luis Barragan House, and the Duomo di Milano. And I really want to visit the Ningbo History Museum by Amateur Architecture Studio and see if it looks as monumental in person as it does in pictures, so it is a hypothetical favorite…
Avocado. For breakfast, lunch and dinner. If I had to pick a dish, it would be anything with shrimp.
Top songs on my mp3 player?
Etude. In C minor op.10 no.12 by Chopin and anything by Melody Gardot, Billie Holiday and Madelaine Peyroux.
If I could live inside a work of art, I would choose…
One of Degas’ ballet rooms, or peeking into one of Caravaggio’s gloomy scenes.
I’d love to teach 1st year architecture studios, or architecture drawing/illustration.
Favorite San Diego experience?
Sunset at the Salk Institute.
Getting my architecture license!